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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Neocirrhites armatus
      Max. size: 9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 10 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands to the Line Islands and Mangaréva, south to the Great Barrier Reef and the Austral Islands; Caroline, Mariana, and the Wake islands in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6-7
      Biology: Common along surge-swept reef fronts and submarine terraces to a depth of about 11 m. Usually seen hiding among branches of live corals (Stylophora mordax, Pocillopora elegans, P. eydouxi, or P. verrucosa). Retreats deep into the coral when approached. Highly priced aquarium fish, requires well-oxygenated water and fades in captivity.
      Aquarium Care: This species is one of the more suitable for an aquarium with invertebrates. It will, on occasion, act aggressively to other bottom-dwelling fish, and those introduced to the community after it is established. In the captive environment, the Flame Hawkfish has been observed to snatch upended hermit crabs, snails and limpets out of their shells and eat them. Some even knock the snails off the glass. Christmas Tree Worms, ornamental shrimps, cleaner shrimps, and anemone shrimps are all at risk of being eaten. Does best when housed in a tank with larger or more-aggressive fish (i.e. Larger wrasses, puffers, triggers, large angelfish). Feed a variety of meaty foods, including pigment-enriched foods to help maintain the Flame Hawk's coloration.
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  1.   Fri July 3, 2009 10:21am
    1. e_rin18
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      Registered: July 2009
      Location: Seattle
      Posts: 4

      We recently found our Hawkers on the floor behind the tank. Hadn't seen him all day thinkin a hitchhiker on a new rock got him. Found him that night and I was very saddened. All the fish have their way about them, but the way the hawk watched us, it was like he was just a little more real. Just a ton of personality. I am confident we could have taught him tricks as much as he was motivated by food, lol. Not sure how he managed to jump out of the tank =(
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